The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story / Edition 1300

The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story / Edition 1300

by Horace Walpole
     
 

In a faraway medieval realm, Manfred, an arrogant and evil prince, rules with an iron fist. Banishing his wife to the castle dungeon, he confines -- and plans to wed -- the lovely Isabella, fiancee of his recently deceased son. The prince's plans are foiled, however, when a well-meaning peasant helps the young woman escape through the castle's underground passages.… See more details below

Overview

In a faraway medieval realm, Manfred, an arrogant and evil prince, rules with an iron fist. Banishing his wife to the castle dungeon, he confines -- and plans to wed -- the lovely Isabella, fiancee of his recently deceased son. The prince's plans are foiled, however, when a well-meaning peasant helps the young woman escape through the castle's underground passages. Grisly, supernatural events further aid in fulfilling a prophecy that spells doom for the prince and justice for Isabella's rescuer and rightful heir to the throne. One of the first and greatest of Gothic novels, this thrilling tale ranks among the most influential books in literary history. Serving as the model for plots, characterizations, settings, and tone for hundreds of successors, The Castle of Otranto abounds with colorful scenes, adventure, suspense, and inexplicable phenomena.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192834409
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Horace Walpole and The Castle of Otrantovii
The Castle of Otranto
Sir Walter Scott's Introduction3
Preface to the First Edition17
Preface to the Second Edition21
The Castle of Otranto27

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